Dixon names government relations aide chief of staff

July 19, 2008|By John Fritze

Mayor Sheila Dixon tapped yesterday Demaune Millard, her former director of intergovernmental affairs, to serve as her chief of staff.

The powerful position has been effectively vacant since Otis Rolley III left City Hall in October. Millard, 35, has worked for Dixon since she became mayor in January last year. "His skill and dedication has been critical in advancing our ambitious legislative agenda through City Hall and in Annapolis," Dixon said in a statement.

Millard formerly worked for the American Public Transportation Association. His was a high-profile hire by Dixon early on, and he has served as the city's chief lobbyist with the General Assembly and the City Council.

City officials said Millard will continue to oversee governmental relations while also taking on the responsibilities of his new position, including the oversight of management of the mayor's office and communications.

Millard also had served as a legislative liaison for the state Department of Transportation. His salary will be $100,000.

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